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The Jewel Case

Thursday, 8-11pm

A weekly celebration of all manner of musical goodness: deep cuts, forgotten treasures, and curiosities. Plus, a new theme each show spanning all genres, eras and locales.

Here's the deal: I was going to do "Up & Down" as this week's theme- until an initial list of songs came to about 9 hours of music, that is. So, we're gonna split things up; this week we present "up" songs. Next week will "down"'s turn. Hank Williams to Coltrane to Parliament to Van Halen- all weighing in. Get up, stay up. But first...

This week, we're examining songs about walking, from everyone from Aerosmith to Thelonious Monk to Ella Fitzgerald to Ernest Tubb, and a whole bunch of folks betwixt and between. Lace up, friends. It might even get silly, but first....

While Tod is on a fact-finding mission to parts unknown, the Jewel Case is in the very capable hands of Mr. Andy Valeri. He's Rev Cool's regular right-hand man on Around The Fringe on Fridays, and he knows his stuff. Andy presents a theme of "Firsts" right after this... 

This week we're examining the musical DNA of Led Zeppelin. Led Zep are one of the big names on Rock Mountain and, over the course of their career, they interpreted a fair share of other artists' music, sometimes legitimately credited, sometimes...er...not so much. We'll spin the original versions of songs that found their way into the Zeppelin catalog one way or another and, in many cases, spilling some juicy details. LOTS of great Blues, Folk, and early Rock & Roll in this one, friends, and you don't have to be a Led Zeppelin fan to dig it. But first...

This week's theme is RODENTIA; we'll be taking a look at tunes about mice, rats, hamsters, and various and sundry other gnawing little critters, from a list of folks that ranges from Yma Sumac to Lightnin' Hopkins to King Missile, and of course wood chips and the cheese. But first....

This week on the Jewel Case, we're doing a show about NOTHING: songs about nothing and nowhere. Not only that, but we've got a truly mind-bending lineup of artists to play and sing about it. George Jones? Check. Dead Meadow? Check. Lena Horne? Check. Those aren't even the most out-of-left-field ones. But first...

Too much monkey business for you to be involved in? Hope not. This week The Jewel Case examines songs about primates with Buck Owens, The Dickies, I-Roy, Big Maybelle and tons more weighing in. But first...

Singer/songwriter, poet, Nobel laureate, icon...it's hard to imagine modern music without Bob Dylan. This week, The Jewel Case celebrates Mr. Dylan's 77th Birthday with two hours of our favorite covers of the man's catalog, from everyone from Nina Simone to Willie Nelson to Rise Against. It speaks to the quality of your work when it translates across so many musical styles. But first...

In one of our early episodes we examined the abundance of songs that feature that ubiquitous character "Johnny". Tonight, we present The Continuing Adventures Of Johnny: two full hours of Johnny's adventures and misadventures. But first...

Answer Songs take an existing tune and tell it from another point of view, pick up where the original left off, or otherwise tweak another composition. Sometimes they're nothing but a quick cash grab; other times they end up topping the original version. But first....

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